ecOceánica — Peru (2015)
Recent studies have confirmed the presence of nesting green and olive ridley turtles along Peru’s highly developed northern coastline. The findings make Peru’s coast the southernmost sea turtle nesting habitat in the eastern Pacific. Because this discovery is relatively recent, minimal government protection programs or regulations exist in the region.
Funded by a 2015 SWOT grant, staff members from ecOceánica worked to raise awareness of the presence of nesting sea turtles in the Tumbes and Piura regions of northern Peru. ecOceánica conducted outreach and capacity-building activities among beachfront hotels, tourists, and residents. The group’s goal is to create a citizen science network that will contribute to improving management and protection strategies for sea turtles in Peru.